Potomac Speedway Hosts Fabulous Fireworks Display By: Vicki Adkins Budds Creek, Md., -- In celebration of Independence Day, Potomac Speedway held its annual fireworks display along with the regular show of racing action on July 3rd. The rain...
Potomac Speedway Hosts Fabulous Fireworks Display
By: Vicki Adkins
Budds Creek, Md., -- In celebration of Independence Day, Potomac Speedway held its annual fireworks display along with the regular show of racing action on July 3rd. The rain held off just long enough for the fans to enjoy two feature events and a spectacular fireworks extravaganza. Darryl Hills of Lexington Park, Md., visited victory lane for the fourth time this year in the Bell Motor Company Semi-Lates. During the post-race interview, Hills said, "I drove it as hard as I could to keep it out front." Wayne Graves of Avenue, Md., added to his string of wins in the Mac Tools Four-Cylinders, picking up his fifth win of the season. The other features that were rained out, the Budweiser Late Models, the Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks, and the Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros, will be made up at a later date, one at a time. So these divisions will be running double features on their make up night. This coming Friday night, July 7th, the Budweiser Late Model feature will be made up. The Coors Light Pure Streets will be made up on July 14th, which is sponsored by Coors Light that night, and the Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros will make up their night July 21st, the first leg of the Vernon Harris Memorial. Marty and Jeri Page from the Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduro number 29 racing team donated the girls' bike for the children's bike giveaway. Nine-year-old Brittany Wagner of Hughesville, Md., the daughter of Budweiser Late Model driver Tommy Wagner, Jr., was the lucky bike winner. CMC Sheet Metal donated the boys' bike, but because of the rain, there was no winner declared. Darryl Hills and Ronnie Hollidge started on the front row and battled side-by-side for the lead at the drop of the green flag. Just as Hills grabbed the lead, a caution came out for Fireball Latham who spun in turn two. The field had a complete restart. As the green flag waved for the second time, Hills and Hollidge again battled for the top spot. Hollidge edged Hills as they exited turn two. The two ran side-by-side down the backstretch and into turns three and four. They completed lap one side-by-side with Hollidge leading the lap by just a few inches. As they entered the backstretch on lap two, Hills was able to grab the lead from Hollidge. Hills then began to pull away as Hollidge and Jeff Reeley battled for second. By lap seven, Hills had almost a straight-a-way advantage. He continued pulling away from the field, stretching his lead out even more. A caution came out on lap 11 when Dennis Windsor spun in turn three, bringing the field back together. On the restart, Hills jumped out front with about a three-to-four car length advantage. As Hills led, Hollidge and Reeley again battled for second. Paul Cursey made it a three-way battle for the position. Cursey was able to grab second. Reeley came fighting back on lap 13, but was unable to retake third. Cursey then set his sights on Hollidge. He was able to make the pass for second on lap 15. As the rest of the pack battled for position, Hills continued to lead the way. The fourth and final caution came out on lap 17 for Windsor. When the field went back to green, Hills easily led the way. He went on to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. Hills finished with about a five-to-six car length lead over five-time feature winner and defending points champion Paul Cursey. "I got scared right to death when I saw the 37 (Cursey) coming up behind me," said Hills. But, Hills never seemed to miss a beat. Cursey took second, followed by Reeley in third, Hollidge in fourth, and Brett Royal in fifth. Hills won the heat. In the 12-lap Mac Tools Four-Cylinder feature, Wayne Graves and Scotty Nelson battled for the lead at the wave of the green flag. Graves was able to take the lead position to show the way to complete lap one. By lap two, he had about a four-to-five car length advantage over Nelson. Greg Gunter challenged Nelson for second in turns three and four. Gunter was then tagged from the rear by Todd Chicklo, causing Gunter to spin. Jerry Dick and Scotty Scott had no where to go and were also caught up in the incident. Chicklo was sent to the rear of the field for causing the spin. On the restart, Graves easily led the way. By lap five, he had about a five-to-six car length lead over Nelson. Graves continued to pull away from the field. He went on to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. He finished with over a straight-a-way advantage over second- place finisher Nelson. Greg Gunter worked his way back up through the field to finish third. Joe Blocker finished fourth, followed by Sam Woods in fifth. Graves and Nelson won the heats. This coming Friday night, July 7th, along with the Budweiser Late Model feature mentioned previously, there will be the regular show plus a 30-lap Bell Motor Company Semi-Late feature and the Chesapeake Web Design Bombers. It will also be MARF night. Pit and grandstand gates open at 6:00 p.m., with racing starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Potomac Speedway at (301) 884-4624 or visit the Chesapeake Web Design maintained website at www.potomacspeedway.com
Bell Motor Company Semi Lates
1. Darryl Hills-7, 2. Paul Cursey-37, 3. Jeff Reeley-21J, 4. Ronnie Hollidge-0, 5. Brett Royal-18, 6. Dale Smith-81, 7. Dennis Windsor-4, 8. Bill Danel-89, 9. Sommey Lacey- 45, 10. Fireball Latham-41
Mac Tools 4 Cylinders
1. Wayne Graves-24G, 2. Scotty Nelson-24JR, 3. Greg Gunter-15, 4. Joe Blocker-23, 5. Sam Woods, Jr-00, 6. Chappy Knaack-88, 7. Scotty Scott-42, 8. Bob Tester-5, 9. Jeff Auman-6, 10. Calvin Wright-1, 11. J.T. McLanigan-13, 12. Patrick Pack-72, 13. Todd Chicklo-21C, 14. Deuce Wright-2, 15. Jerry Dick-44, 16. Andy Self-22(Enduro), 17. Rob Berger-9. DNS: Mike Zag-2